May 20, 2018

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

01 May 2018, 04:29 | Rufus Hill

Drug Awareness: Disposal

GUEST COLUMN: Take your town back from opioid epidemic

Byerley said a lot of the drugs also make there way to the street and in the nationwide the fight against opioid abuse Byerley said he hopes they collect certain pills.

It's a chance to remove expired, unused, or unwanted medications from your home.

If you couldn't drop off your drugs Saturday, the sheriff's office will take them during regular business hours at the Law Enforcement Center in Traverse City.

The DEA's Take Back Day encouraged people to properly dispose of unwanted and expired medicine. "By taking five minutes out of our day, we can all do our part to help prevent many of these tragedies".

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration this weekend there were more than 5,600 collection sites manned by nearly 4,500 partner law enforcement agencies from 10 2 p.m.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, in 2016, 4,050 people died from drug overdoses, that number is up 32% from 2015.

And once these pills are dropped off, it'll go to the DEA. If a collection site is not available nearby, residents are encouraged to check back frequently, as new sites are added every day.

"It's something that will come and take over your life and when it does it's not just the drug that keeps you using, it's the shame that's wrapped up when you're using as well", says Bellan. The program is free and no questions are asked.

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